Hugh Hefner made sure that if any of his beneficiaries wanted a piece of his fabulous fortune, they’ve gotta keep their noses clean, literally.
According to the late Playboy founder’s trust, an article titled “SUBSTANCE ABUSE” states that any beneficiary that “frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance, or is clinically dependent upon the use of alcohol or any other legal drug” will be terminated from the trust. The determination of abuse is left up to the trustees, especially if they believe the “beneficiary is unable to care for himself or herself, or is unable to manage his or her financial affairs.”
The beneficiaries to Hefner’s estate are his kids; David, Kristy, Cooper and Marsden, and also his ex-wife Crystal Harris.
The document gives the trustees the power to request a drug test if they suspect something is wrong, and also a chance for an ousted beneficiary to attend treatment and earn their distribution privileges back.
The specification for getting back in the trust is that the person must be clean and sober for at least a year and is determined to be able to care for themselves.
Hefner and his Playboy Mansion are synonymous with entertaining and legendary parties, but he was once interviewed and spoke on his disdain for alcohol and drugs, believing they hurt and killed people. Clearly, he wanted to make sure that mindset was carried forward after his death.
The trust also includes some other interesting provisions, such as his family information. Hefner obviously lived a pretty sexually charged life, and made sure he spelled out exactly which kids were actually his own, and disinherits “any person who claims to be a child of mine, including any child of mine conceived after my death, unless such child lived with me in my household and was acknowledged by me in writing to be my child.”
Hefner originally intended for his longtime secretary Mary O’Connor to be the trustee, but she died in 2013 at the age of 84. His sons will assume control when they turn 30.